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|Narrative Feature Films are films in any genre, about anything, by anyone from anywhere in the world encompassing experimental, mockumentary and animation stylistic approaches. The only restriction is they must be at least 60 minutes in total running time (including all credits)
|Documentary Feature Films are films by anyone from anywhere about any topic or individual under the sun. Experimental, animation and other cutting edge stylistic approaches that push the boundaries of Documentaries are allowed and encouraged. The only restriction is they must be at least 45 minutes in total running time (including all credits) to be considered a feature. Otherwise, enter as a Documentary Short
|Shorts are films in any genre, style or subject with a total running time under 45 minutes for Documentaries and 60 minutes for Narrative work.
|Animated Short films in any genre, style or subject with a total running time UNDER 45 minutes
|Dedicated to the under 21 age group, programming includes films by young people, featuring a young cast and films containing topics that are important to youth. To enter this category the writer, director, major cast members and/or producer must have been under 21 years old at time of production. Shorts and Features of any length are accepted for this category.
|Films in this category must have completed at least 50% of production outside of the USA and be feature length - over 45 minutes for Documentary and over 60 minutes for Narrative submissions.
|Unique and Original Screenplays for films that have yet to be produced may be submitted in any genre no matter what page count.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Celebrating the art of film in the home of the Harlem Renaissance, The Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) inspires and entertains by honoring films that offer honest, exciting and thought-provoking portrayals of our world. Conceived from the belief that we all have valuable experiences and perspectives to share, Hi actively seeks and exhibits fresh, entertaining films from New York to Seoul, Amsterdam to Capetown that possess a universal appeal. Hi is committed to exemplifying the eminence that Harlem represents and is dedicated to showcasing the best films by filmmakers from around the world.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Join scores of films from all over the world and have your New York Premiere in Harlem!
This year we are putting out a special call for films that deal directly with the massive social upheavels that have happened from Wall Street to Cairo. We also are commemorating the 40th anniversary of music video as an art form. As always, we will not shy away from any passionate or even controversial work. In fact we encourage it.
The marriage of Little Africa to El Barrio, Jazz to Dance, History to Art, and Film to one of the world's most dynamic communities signifies the Harlem International Film Festival (Hi). Home to New York City's finest cultural institutions, landmarks, boutiques, parks and restaurants, Harlem is an experience that satisfies the five senses and as the epicenter of New York's next arts movement, Upper Manhattan and Hi embody the New Renaissance.
The Festival has premiered works from today's most promising international filmmakers. Subject matter is varied and compelling: An IRA leader hiding out in a British-Jamaican neighborhood; A mother's life dedicated to her two sons,one with down-syndrome; A musician's journey through War ravaged Iraq; a Harlem Man's struggle with loss of love. Hi is a festival that truly embraces the beauty of diversity and is committed to representing it on our screens.
In September 2005 the Festival opened at Columbia University with the Renaissance Awards where we honored Mira Nair, the Oscar-nominated director of "Salaam Bombay", "Monsoon Wedding", "Mississippi Masala", "Vanity Fair" and "Namesake"; Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon; and Harlem's own Emmy Award-winning actor, Keith David. Hi has since become known as the festival that "brings the world to Harlem and Harlem to the world". Filmmakers and attendees have journeyed from across the globe to experience this five day event consisting of film screenings in state of the art facilities, celebrity-filled awards ceremonies, networking events and Harlem's unsurpassed night-life and history.
Established to equip young filmmakers with the skill and a forum to cinematically portray issues facing their present reality and immediate future, the Gen-E program produces and exhibits works by the world's brightest young talents. In addition to our general youth screenings, each year Gen-E presents a subject focus. This year in response to the growing worldwide concern over global warming, students will be invited to submit short scripts and films centered on our planet and the environment.
"New York Showcase"
New York, known for its array of world class directors such as Martin Scorcese, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch and Mira Nair, is also a mecca for aspiring auteurs. We offer audiences the opportunity to experience stories by New York's finest filmmakers featuring the City and its Burroughs in a uniquely artistic way.
Furthering our efforts to encourage continued recognition of to the Harlem community and the contribution of the numerous artists that reside within it, Hi highlights films produced or directed by Harlem residents; films where at least 50% of the production has taken place in Harlem; or films about Harlem and her history.
"Video-Art Installation Space"
In line with the Harlem Renaissance - the home of the foremost comprehensive art movement in US history ranging from poetry, literature, performance and painting to sculpture, music and cinema, Hi has established the Video-Art Space. With an abundance of contemporary art galleries and open spaces, Harlem serves as an ideal location to experience modern video art installations.
"The Brownstone Awards"
The excitement and anticipation of the entire festival culminates during this final awards celebration crowning the leading international films and hosting directors from around the world. The place where magic happens!
Best Domestic Film, Best International Film, the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker, Best Domestic Documentary, Best International Documentary, Best Contemporary Film, Best Animation, Best Experimental Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience Award for Best Feature, Audience Award for Best film, and up to eight shorts awards.
B. Lorenzo Roaché (Operations Director)
; Nasri Zacharia (Program Director-Co-Founder)
- Screenplays may be submitted online as PDF or Word documents or sent directly to our mailing address.
- Submissions do not have to be premieres to be selected for exhibition.
- Shorts are considered Documentary works under 45 minutes and Narrative Fiction under 60 minutes.
- Works in progress may be submitted, but only during the Late or Extended late deadline and only if the film will be completed for final review at least one month before the Festival opening.
- Films that have had a limited commercial theatrical run or other distribution are allowed.
- Works can be submitted regardless of when they were completed.
- There is no limit on number of works submitted, but each entry must be separate, appropriately labeled and accompanied by the required fee.
- Submit works on DVDs (only NTSC Region 1/North
America, or Region 0). Do not use fiber-padded envelopes for VHS submissions as the residue can damage
tapes and equipment. Please make sure your DVD works in different makes and models of players. It is recommended to submit two copies
- Label all materials (video and/or press) clearly with the name of the applicant and contact info.
- In rare cases the filmmaker may have to provide a 35mm, HD Cam or Beta SP version to be screened if the film cannot be programmed into a slot where the original format can be projected. This would typically be an issue for works finished in 16mm, Super 16, 70mm, HiDef and some other digital formats.
- Submitted screeners, screenplays and press materials will not be returned.
- The Harlem International Film Festival is not responsible for lost or damaged media.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Upon selection applicant is required to provide Hi with color film stills and posters, color photo of director and producer and director and producer bios, cast and crew information and any other available press materials.
Once accepted applicant gives Hi the right to use images from the film and crew for all advertising and promotion purposes.
Submission of film indicates applicant's intention to exhibit film at the Harlem International Film Festival. Once accepted, filmmaker waives the right to withdraw film from the Harlem International Film Festival.